Wedding photography is exceptionally important, and I know very few photographers who don’t approach each Big Day with a certain amount of trepidation or anxiety. What makes my job so easy, however, is that I get to know the couples first, usually over lunch or a beer. Whilst getting to know each other we ensure that we have the same vision of the day, and that I understand exactly what they want from me, and what I want from them - which is usually the same thing!
My approach is very laid back, and relaxed - a documentary/reportage style focusing on genuine emotion, intricate detail and using the location and composition to tell a story.
The day always starts with Preparation. I stay relatively hidden during this process as it can be very emotional and stressful. There are lots of lovely little details to capture, lots of very important traditions and a few times when it all gets a bit much!
The Ceremony is by far my favourite part of the day. Emotions are on a knife-edge, but nothing beats the feeling when the eyes meet for the first time and the vows are exchanged. Just a wonderful, wonderful moment. And I am forever grateful I get to be there to catch it, time after time. In all its forms, regardless of religion, tradition or culture, getting married is exceptionally special. I’ve been fortunate to be present at a variety of weddings: some with 2000 people and one with just 4. What connected these two was the fact that at the centre, at the core, were two people who love each other. And around all the pomp and circumstance, that’s what a wedding is.
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
– Maya Angelou”
The people are the best part of a wedding day, without question. No matter how many there are, they are all there because they are loved, and often they are dressed up to the nines. So, I try to get a few great portraits of as many people as I can throughout the day, mostly for the mantlepiece or for your newest cover photo. Not to mention the happy couple!
After the ceremony is the party. The eating, the drinking, the dancing - it all goes off! Grandma Marge dances with second cousin Tariq, Uncle Geoff tells an inappropriate joke to the kids and everyone gets a slice of cake.
When all is said and done, and the wedding is long over, the flowers are dead and all the leftovers truly finished and eaten, you’ll only have one thing to remember the day by - the photos. So trust in somebody who shares your vision of the day, who will capture what is important to you and who knows what matters.
If you’d like to chat with me about shooting your upcoming wedding please contact me and I will get back to you!
- Oli x